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Comment Re: How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 1) 442

Hmm, based on your numbers, you support more Windows machines per support employee - about 2300.

When I worked the Google IT help desk in 2008, I was supporting 3,000 users. Not an unusual number for Fortune 500 companies. As a system admin in my current job, I rarely interact with end users. On the few occasions that I have, they called security because they thought I was a hacker.

Comment Re:Competing theories (Score 2) 171

Here's some past examples of True Pundit "journalism" for you.

  * Clinton secretly wearing mini stealth earbud to receive answers from her team during the debate

  * Clinton was using secret hand signals to tell Lester Holt what to say

  * Claims Clinton had a medical issue during the debate and Trump mouthed the word "Seizure"

  * Offers a $1m reward (as if a website like True Pundit has $1m) for Clinton's medical records, suggesting that she has "dementia, post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumor, brain injury, complex partial seizures, and/or many more alleged ailments" and is followed by a doctor disguised as a Secret Service agent carrying an autoinjector of diazepam.

Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 1, Insightful) 171

Um, have you seen their Twitter feed lately? It's a nonstop feed of anti-Clinton propaganda, half of it retweets, a lot of the claims so bad that even Wikileaks supporters on the Wikileaks Reddit sub have been calling them out on it. It's morphed into Breitbart.

They're even repeating Trump's "rigged election" lines:

There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary, rigged media and rigged 'pied piper' candidate drive consolidation.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 442

I don't know what happened to CS education, but the last 15 years or so the "graduates" might as well have played video games for whatever time they spent in school.

They're too busy designing the next app that will make $1B, which happens to be a popular thesis for the Stanford MBA program.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 442

Did the company relent? Or did they continue to torture their employees?

That particular PC refresh was put on hold by Dell since the client company couldn't provide accurate data on which employee still had old workstations that needed replacement. It didn't help that they were moving whole buildings of employees around at that time. AFAIK, $1M in workstations is still sitting in a warehouse in China.

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 312

Yes. I've run numbers before. No, I'm not going to be bothered to do them again for a Slashdot chat on a thread that's rapidly becoming out of date. Feel free to do your own if you doubt me. Take a sampling of solar plants with a realistic capacity factor and a sampling of hydro plants with a realistic capacity factor, and compare. You'll need a broader sampling on hydro because solar thermal plants are "fairly" consistent (with the exception of compact linear fresnel plants, of which last I checked there was only one), while hydro reservoir sizes vary wildly for a given output.

Comment Re:I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 2, Informative) 171

It would be nice to be able to buy real reputable chargers and batteries for laptops/phones on Amazon but, as Apple is now proving, thats essentially impossible.

Buy from Other World Computing for Apple products. They also provide great warranty service for their own OWC products.

Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 2) 442

And therein lies the REAL problem with the placement of Macs in the Workplace: Fear of the Computer Priesthood.

The most common compliant I ever got about Macs is the preference file for iTunes becoming corrupt. Deleting the preference file fixes that problem. But I'm also obligated to remind users of corporate policy that they're not supposed to have terabytes of personal media files on their system. However, it's the PC users who screams bloody murder when the hard drive dies and the only copy of their media library is gone.

Do not even try to deny it. I have had more than one Windows Admin. tell me exactly what you said.

The current network I'm overseeing has 80,000+ workstations. Out of a team of 35 people, one specialist handles ~2,000 Macs workstations and another specialist handles ~2,000 Linux workstations. Everyone else handles Windows workstations. Having one person to handle Macs and/or Linux is fairly typical in most Windows shops I've worked for. If Macs ever did overtake the workplace, I'll get a Mac certification and keep on working.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 442

If the employees were given a choice between a Mac and a WinPC, I think it is reasonable to assume that they would self-sort by IQ.

When I did a PC refresh project to replace old Dell workstations with new Dell workstations, quite a few engineers wanted Macs. That drove the Dell project manager up the wall.

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